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Monthly Archives: June 2011

Fairly recently I used a beautiful painting of Fernando Vicente in order to illustrate (quite literally I have to say) my article about Deleuze’s concept of the body as a Desiring Machine. It turns out that this Spanish artist has a whole series of those painting that he calls Anatomias that represent sections within women’s bodies as seen as machines both erotic and frightening at the same time. It is very likely… Read More

The following video is a short interview of Jean-Luc Godard in 1972 after he released his movie Tout Va Bien. He explains his activist engagement as a movie director and author by comparing his approach to Marin Karmitz‘s. In fact, when the latter creates a movie at the same period directly with textile factory workers, Godard considers that this approach is delicate as the mean of communication used here (cinema) has been… Read More

Modern Contemporary is a very beautiful monograph of Belgium artist Arne Quinze‘s work. This work, despite or thanks to its obvious influences like Kawamata, Basquiat, Matta Clark, Katsushika Hokusai (whose drawing is tattooed on A.Quinze’s back) etc. manages to find a real strength which probably find its source in the overwhelming energy spent by the artist. This book, published by German publisher Hatje Cantz, is an excellent collection of the translation of… Read More

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Today starts a new episode of The Funambulist. From now on, if everything goes well, you should be able to read every week a 1500 words essay by a guest writer I have been asking to write exclusively for the blog. The first author to achieve this assignment is Danielle Willems, who is a designer and producer currently living, working and teaching Architecture in New York. Her practice and academic works continuously… Read More

After politics, music, psychoanalysis and literature, I wanted to conclude this “Deleuze week” with a short article about his vision of painting (for cinema, see the article about his lecture about the act of creation) through the work of Francis Bacon. Gilles Deleuze, indeed, interpreted the work of the Irish painter in a book entitled The Logic of Sensation published in 1981. In this book, he describes how the lifetime work of… Read More

This week could have been shared between Gilles Deleuze AND Felix Guattari as it is the third article in a row that I write about a book written by both of them. This one is about the book Kafka: Toward a Minor Literature published in 1986. In this essay, the two authors, thanks to Franz Kafka’s work attempt to create a manifesto for what they call a minor literature. Minor, here, is… Read More

illustration by Fernando Vicente In 1972, Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari publish the Anti-Oedipus (first volume of Capitalism and Schizophrenia before A Thousand Plateaus) which consisted in a frontal and very caustic criticism of psychoanalysis as it has been conceived by Freud and later by Lacan. Accusing psychoanalysts  to have the same relationship to their patient that priest have on their flock, Deleuze and Guattari -who was himself a student of Lacan-… Read More

picture extracted from Vollmond by Pina Bausch The Ritournelle is a concept created by Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari for A Thousand Plateaus published in 1987. It is the subject of the 11th plateau which is entitled 1837: Of the refrain.  It has been translated in fact in English by refrain but, within the extent of my English knowledge, it seems to me that this translation does not fully unfold the same… Read More

picture of Deleuze, Sartre and Foucault in front of a prison in the frame of the GIP (see previous article) As I wrote in the last article, the Abécédaire has never been translated into English (at least, as far as I know). Here is my small and clumsy contribution to such a gigantic work that would be. This is the end of the “chapter” G comme Gauche (L for Left) during which… Read More

Abécédaire is a 7h30 long interview of Gilles Deleuze achieved in 1988 by Claire Parnet, his former student and close friend and produced & directed by Pierre-André Boutang. This is, in my opinion, the most wonderful entrance door one could dream to start exploring Deleuze’s philosophy as his language in this video is much more simplified than the one he uses in his books (at least in most of his books). This… Read More

Having a few articles I needed soon to write about Gilles Deleuze, I decided to launch a “Deleuze week” (!) and I will therefore attempt to write an article per day this week about the fantastic philosopher. I am also adding a category “Deleuze” in the archives section that will help composing an archive. In order to start I would like to redirect toward the numerous articles I already wrote (at least… Read More

Francois Roche is currently leading a collective resisting to the developing project to rebuild Paris’ Zoo in Vincennes. In fact, this zoo, famous for its numerous artificial mountains is the object of a quasi-total reconstruction in an ambiguous semi-private contract lead by the omnipresent building company Bouygues (who also owns the main private TV channel in France and whose president Martin Bouygues is well known to be Nicolas Sarkozy’s buddy !). Francois… Read More

picture extracted from the cover of the book concerned in this article.  The project is the Hotel Sphinx in Times Square by Elia Zenghelis (1975). Pier Vittorio Aureli just released a new book entitled The Possibility of an Absolute Architecture published at the MIT Press. Although the title seems to only states a “possibility”, this essay is a powerful manifesto for this notion of Absolute Architecture that necessities to be defined here:… Read More

picture extracted from V for Vendetta by Alan Moore (Vertigo) The subject of this article, science-fiction as an inventor of dilemmas is directly inspired by the reading of a very interesting book written by Peter Y. Paik, associate professor of comparative literature at the University of Wisconsin and published by the University of Minnesota Press. Its title,  From Utopia to Apocalypse: Science-Fiction and the Politics of Catastrophe reveals a bit too much… Read More

While numerous blogs are competing to be the first ones to release the winning projects of every year’s Evolo skyscraper competition -when it’s been a while  now that the most interesting projects are not winning anymore- it seems interesting to observe the “refused” to the prize list… Totem War is one of them and it has been designed, or should I say narrated, by my good friends Martial Marquet (you can visit… Read More

photo by NYC Comets New York City’s monsters are more famous to be King Kong, Godzilla or the Cloverfield one; however the city is populated on a daily basis by those more little, yet still pretty frightening creatures that one can regularly run into. Those inflatable rats are one of the rare means, Unions have to manifest their disagreement with a company or their strike to the public. The right of protest… Read More

map extracted from the OCHA map: the green line is the 1949 armistice line separating Israel from the legal Palestinian territory, purple stains are settlements, orange stains are Palestinian villages, the thick red line is the separation barrier, circles are checkpoints, blue lines are Israeli roads and yellow lines are Palestinian roads. It goes without saying that every Israeli construction beyond the green line (here, pretty much the totality of this map)… Read More

Daniel Fernandez Pascual just posted a very interesting article on Deconcrete entitled The Purple Shall Govern. This short post introduces a form of anti-protest weapon developed and used by several police and armies in the world (South Africa, India, Israel, South Korea, Uganda, Bangladesh, Hungary among other) which consists in spraying paint on the demonstrators in order both to recognize them afterward and to socially materialize their dissidence. D. Fernandez Pascual talks… Read More

Plan of the City is a collaborative work between video artist Joshua Frankel and music composer Judd Greenstein and chamber music band NOW Ensemble. This short movie is a simple and beautiful association of the vertical city (here New York but also later Shanghai) to a field of rockets ready to take off to Mars. This video includes this compelling metamorphosis of the Chrysler Building into a rocket in five steps and… Read More

In times of a birth of a new transcendental moral, the one of sustainability which is, as it currently implements itself right now, only the new mutation of capitalism, it is important to re-interrogate the notion of nature as we know it. What we in fact are afraid of losing in this religious statement “Save the planet” is the idea of nature as it is fakely present in our imaginaries as David… Read More

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